Today we reach a handful of days. Or, I guess, a full hand. A poker hand (in draw poker, that is). Fifth day. Friday. "Wave my freak flag high." Fork, yeah! Put in any f word you want. Freedom, yeah. Fee fie foe fum, yeah. Fibonacci, yeah.
For those who might be new to the whole April/Poem thing, check this month's 1st post. I've been following prompts from Maureen Thorson's NaPoWriMo site and Robert Lee Brewer's Poetic Asides blog.
Maureen's suggestion, since it's Day 5, is a cinquain, essentially a poem with 5 lines. Adelaide Crapsey's invention, the American cinquain, has a set number of syllables in each line:
2 When IToday Robert's prompt is "a plus poem." That reminds me of a fun poetic form that uses the "plus," recently invented by Gregory K. Pincus: the fib, based on the Fibonacci sequence. This mathematical pattern starts with 0 and 1 and then each following number is the sum of the previous two:
The fib's opening line has 1 syllable, then another line with 1 syllable. (It's fascinating that since the Fibonacci sequence begins with 0, the actual "first" line has no syllables, meaning silence.) The fib stops at 6 lines, a last line with 8 syllables (thus a total of 22 syllables). Here's my cinquain from above rearranged into a fib — had to lose 2 syllables and gain 1 line.
0Trying to figure out what to do for today's poem, the image of a hand flashed in my mind. I mention hands in my intro above
What a Hand Can Do
Okay, that's my freaky poem for Friday. Please let me know what you think by leaving a comment below, okay? Ingat, everyone.
P.S. Remember my abecedarian on April 1st? T. M. Sandrock, a poetry-writing student at the University of Northern Iowa, has invented a new kind of ABC poem: the spiraling abecedarian. A really cool way to do a double abecedarian. Here's Tanner's first one, a truly
Isn't that an elegant poem? Look how Tanner employs Wilfred Owen–style consonantal rhyme: kindled/kindness, lead/late. Assonance in fire/guys, now/out. Alliteration in all/along, every/evening, and my favorite, jocks/jezebels.
Give the spiraling abecedarian a try, friends. But remember Tanner Sandrock invented it! Congratulations, Tanner.
Okay, now we're done. Comment below, please? Ingat.
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